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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346076/meaning-making-after-a-near-death-experience-the-relevance-of-intrapsychic-and-interpersonal-dynamics
#1
Simone Bianco, Marco Sambin, Arianna Palmieri
This study aims to investigate the processes used by individuals to integrate a near-death experience (NDE), and to discuss the use of a meaning-making component to help people who have had such experiences. A psychotherapist interviewed six individuals who reported having had a NDE. Transcripts of the interviews were coded using an interpretative phenomenological analysis. We identified intrapsychic and interpersonal dynamics implicated in the individuals' meaning-making processes, and the problems encountered during their integration of the experience...
March 27, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287923/subversions-on-the-border-of-life-and-deathremaking-life-death-toward-an-anthropology-of-the-biosciences-edited-by-sarah-franklin-and-margaret-lock-santa-fe-nm-school-of-american-research-press-2003-372-pp-isbn-1-930618-20-4-34-95-hardcover-reviewed-by-anna
#2
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273002/agency-behind-bars-advance-care-planning-with-aging-and-dying-offenders
#3
Sara Sanders, Meredith Stensland, Kim Juraco
Aging and terminally ill individuals in U.S. prisons are increasing, making critical the need for appropriate end-of-life (EOL) care and advance care planning (ACP). Applying Bandura's Agentic perspective, we examined 20 aging/dying offenders' EOL preferences and ACP. Findings include six themes: Decisions in the shadow of the past, What works best for me, Feeling blessed, What is really going on, Can anyone be trusted, and Turning agency over to someone else. This study provides critical information that will assist professionals who work with dying offenders, as it presents a vivid illustration of their dying process...
March 8, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346075/hope-and-hopelessness-as-predictors-of-suicide-ideation-in-hungarian-college-students
#4
Edward C Chang
This study investigated whether hopelessness and dispositional hope predict suicide ideation in 395 Hungarian college students. Both hopelessness and hope uniquely predicted suicide ideation, a pattern that remained unchanged even after controlling for psychological symptoms. Moreover, a significant Hopelessness × Hope interaction predicted suicide ideation. Present findings highlight how hope buffers the association between hopelessness and suicide risk in college students.
February 26, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346072/regaining-my-new-life-daily-lives-of-suicide-bereaved-individuals
#5
Mami Kasahara-Kiritani, Mari Ikeda, Noriko Yamamoto-Mitani, Kiyoko Kamibeppu
This study aimed to develop a conceptual framework of the experience of persons who have lost a family member to suicide in Japan. The authors conducted in-depth interviews with 24 such family members. They conceptualized their experience as a process of regaining my new life. Initially, their lives were out of their hands, but gradually they learned striving skills and recuperative conditioning, and integrated the skills to regain their lives. Some participants eventually reached a state of living a redefined life...
February 23, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346066/gratitude-psychological-well-being-and-perceptions-of-posttraumatic-growth-in-adults-who-lost-a-parent-in-childhood
#6
Nathan Greene, Katie McGovern
Findings from an online survey of 350 adults who experienced early parental death showed that current dispositional gratitude was positively correlated with psychological well-being and posttraumatic growth and negatively correlated with depression. Further, 281 participants produced textual responses indicating they could remember the time following their parent's death. Increases in gratitude attributable to the experience of losing a parent were reported by 79% of these participants. They associated their increased gratitude with a newfound belief that life is precious and with greater appreciation for loved ones...
February 17, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318390/context-and-goals-suicide-notes-from-a-linguistic-point-of-view
#7
Dariusz Galasiński
The article is a critique of a study of language of suicide notes. It raises the issue of the acontextual approach to language and suggests that suicide notes and their language must be seen within the social context in which they are written. Moreover, the article challenges the assumption that suicide notes have only a representational function. Instead, it argues that they can serve a host of other communicative purposes.
February 8, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145850/characterization-of-end-of-life-electroencephalographic-surges-in-critically-ill-patients
#8
Lakhmir S Chawla, Megan Terek, Christopher Junker, Seth Akst, Bona Yoon, Ermira Brasha-Mitchell, Michael G Seneff
BACKGROUND: Neuromonitoring devices to assess level of sedation are now used commonly in many hospital settings. We previously reported that electro-encephalic-graphic (EEG) spikes frequently occurred after the time of death in patients being neuro-monitored at the time of cessation of circulation. In addition to our initial report, end of life electrical surges (ELES) have been subsequently documented in animal and human studies by other investigators. The frequency, character, intensity, and significance of ELES are unknown...
February 1, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145807/the-forgotten-grievers-exploring-the-world-of-sibling-losssibling-loss-across-the-lifespan-research-practice-and-personal-stories-edited-by-brenda-j-marshall-and-howard-r-winokuer-new-york-ny-routledge-2017-205-pp-isbn-978-1-138-92729-2-44-95-paperback
#9
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318421/the-kaleidoscopic-nature-of-griefgrief-is-a-journey-finding-your-path-through-loss-by-kenneth-j-doka-new-york-ny-atria-books-2016-304-pp-isbn-978-1476771480-26-00-hardcover
#10
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318399/performing-suicide-a-novel-perspective-on-suicidal-behaviorsuicide-as-a-dramatic-performance-edited-by-david-lester-and-steven-stack-new-brunswick-nj-transaction-publishers-2015-345-pp-isbn-978-1-4128-5694-2-65-00-hardcover
#11
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140786/continuing-bonds-and-place
#12
Annika Jonsson, Tony Walter
Where do people feel closest to those they have lost? This article explores how continuing bonds with a deceased person can be rooted in a particular place or places. Some conceptual resources are sketched, namely continuing bonds, place attachment, ancestral places, home, reminder theory, and loss of place. We use these concepts to analyse interview material with seven Swedes and five Britons who often thought warmly of the deceased as residing in a particular place and often performing characteristic actions...
January 31, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140777/-there-but-not-there-imagined-bonds-with-siblings-never-known
#13
Marcella Cameron Meyer, Steve Carlton-Ford
Continuing a bond after a loved one's death is considered typical and healthy. However, such a bond can continue symbolically only if it existed in the first place. What of indirect grievers, those who never knew the decedent? We describe bonds between individuals who did not have a living relationship to begin with, a concept we refer to as imagined bonds. Forty-nine adults, who had a sibling die that they never knew, were interviewed. This article describes the bonds constructed between participants and the sibling they never knew...
January 31, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140769/dialogical-space-in-grief-work-integrating-the-alterity-of-loss
#14
Johanna M Beyers, Lillian Rallison, Christina West
Research on grief is moving away from stage and task-oriented models. Instead, loss is reconceptualized as an event that will change mourners' identity over time. We envision dynamic grief work as flowing from a dialogical engagement with loss, death and illness; a terrain in which to begin a conversation with soul. A soul perspective challenges the prevailing call for efficiency, engages the voice of loss, and aims to bring value to the experience more than resolution. The process of re-becoming following bereavement is assisted by creating image-rich narratives that attend to and allow grief to express itself...
January 31, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139178/the-right-to-mourn-in-dementia-to-tell-or-not-to-tell-when-someone-dies-in-dementia-day-care
#15
Rakel Berenbaum, Chariklia Tziraki, Jiska Cohen-Mansfield
People with dementia (PwD) attending dementia day care often experience the death of others. Little research exists regarding whether PwD should be informed of the death, and if so, how? In this qualitative research, the authors explored, through semistructured interviews, the beliefs and practices of 52 staff members of adult day centers for PwD about these issues. Themes that emerged are that many staff members feel their clients have emotional capacity to mourn, despite their cognitive impairments. There are many different ways to tell PwD about the death of others...
January 31, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129088/opportunities-to-intervene-warning-signs-for-suicide-in-the-days-before-dying
#16
Rajeev Ramchand, Enchanté Franklin, Elizabeth Thornton, Sarah Deland, Jeffrey Rouse
To validate warning signs for suicide, researchers interviewed 20 respondents, representing 17 suicides in Orleans Parish, Louisiana, about characteristics of the decedent in the year, month, and days preceding the death. Decedents did exhibit behaviors consistent with existing warning signs, but these were rarely new behaviors present 7 days prior to the suicide but not previously. Research is needed to continue to test warning signs for suicide, and education campaigns that teach warning signs may not be relevant for preventing suicide among those in mental health treatment or involved in the criminal justice system...
January 27, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129046/connecting-with-suicidal-patients-in-psychiatric-wards-therapist-challenges
#17
Julia Hagen, Heidi Hjelmeland, Birthe Loa Knizek
In this qualitative interview study, the authors investigated how therapists experience and view treatment and care for suicidal patients in psychiatric wards. The focus is on aspects that may contribute toward shaping and possibly constraining therapists' connections with suicidal individuals. They conducted semistructured interviews of 4 psychiatrists and 4 psychologists and analyzed the data by means of thematic analysis. The findings suggest that high emphasis on diagnostics and standardized suicide risk assessments, limited direct care of suicidal patients, and fragmented mental health services may challenge therapists' connections with suicidal patients...
January 27, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129044/relationship-with-the-deceased-as-facilitator-of-posttraumatic-growth-among-suicide-loss-survivors
#18
Yossi Levi-Belz
This study aimed to investigate the role of ongoing relationships with the deceased in facilitating posttraumatic growth among suicide-loss survivors. The sample comprised 58 suicide-loss survivors, 48 sudden-death, and 53 natural-death bereaved individuals, who completed questionnaires assessing the two-track model of bereavement, grief, and growth-related characteristics. Suicide-loss survivors reported lower levels of positive relationships with the deceased than did the other groups. An interaction was found between relational-active grieving and type of death in predicting posttraumatic growth...
January 27, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080438/maladaptive-schemas-mediate-poor-parental-attachment-and-suicidality-in-college-students
#19
Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling, Kali Thompson, Candice Selwyn, Heather Finnegan, Tiffany Misra
In college-aged adults (n = 766), the transition to adulthood may aggravate risk factors for suicidal behavior such as poor parental attachment and maladaptive self-schemas. Since poor parental attachment may facilitate developing maladaptive self-related schemas, this study was designed to determine whether specific maladaptive schemas mediate the relation between poor parental attachment and college students' suicide proneness and ideation. Findings supported this hypothesis. Defectiveness and emotional deprivation schemas, which are consistent with "perceived burdensomeness" and "thwarted belonging" (Joiner, 2005 ), may be important intervention targets for suicide prevention programs...
January 12, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071989/parental-bereavement-looking-beyond-grief
#20
Nancy Dias, Sharron Docherty, Debra Brandon
Bereaved parents have higher morbidity and mortality rates when compared to non-bereaved parents. While parental grief is well studied, the complexities of challenges bereaved parents face are not understood. This study describes parental bereavement challenges during the first 6 months following the death of their child. The complex parental bereavement challenges are characterized by the absence of the child, their emotional response, and the changed relationships with family and friends. The Adaptive Leadership Framework is a useful framework to identify and classify challenges...
January 10, 2017: Death Studies
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